Library Closed- July 5

USF Library will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day. Normal library hours will resume Tuesday, July 6. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!


New Research Guide- Peer Review

One of the most common questions we get at the reference desk is how to tell if a journal article is peer reviewed or not. To help you detemine whether an article has undergone a peer review process when we aren’t around to answer your questions, we have created the What Is Peer Review? Guide.

This guide contains information explaining exactly what a peer reviewed article is, how to tell scholarly, trade and popular periodicals apart and has a screenshot tour to depict how to limit to peer reviewed journals in some of the more popular databases.

Check out the new What is Peer Review? guide now!

New Full Text Database

USF Library is pleased to present access to Sage Premier, a huge full text multidisciplinary database. ¬†Sage Premier increases USF Library’s already substantial full text holdings by thousands of articles from hundreds of publications in areas spanning the social sciences, humanities, sciences, technology and medicine. To take a look at the newest database, visit the Sage search page.

New Look of the USF Library Website!

After a year long reorganization and redesign process, USF Library is pleased to present to you their new website. All the content from the old page is available in this streamlined website, in addition to significant new content and a cleaner, clearer interface. To check out the new website, please visit:

The new website boasts:

  • updates to the database lists, subject guide and citation guide.
  • significant¬†new information on the USF Library Archives and its various collections, including, for the first time at USF, online Finding Aids.
  • links to the newly branded USF Library Catalog, BernieCat.
  • homepage search options for BernieCat, the I-Share Catalog and the A-Z eJournal List.
  • updated listings of services based on USF Library user groups.
  • reorganized staff and directory pages to make contacting our librarians easier.

Questions about the new website? Please contact the USF Library Reference Desk, 815.740.5041

Linnea Knapp- USF Library Archivist, Author

If there is anything you need to know about USF and its history, Linnea Knapp, the archivist at USF Library, is your go-to person. After spending a few years organizing documents, pictures and ephemera of the university’s history, Linnea contacted Arcadia Publishing, and put some of the interesting aspects into a permanent and accessible medium: a image-based historical account of the university and its founding family.

The book covers USF history from before its inception to the present and includes many aspects of university life throughout the years. Copies will be available August 31, 2010, just in time for USF Homecoming and will be available through online booksellers such as Amazon, or through local bookstores, such as USF’s own Bookstore. For more information on the book or where to get your copy, contact Linnea Knapp, 815.740.3539.